Why I say “NO” to diet pills

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I’ve recently been flooded with lots of emails from diet pills companies. I do not know if it’s only me or every other plus size bloggers out there. I am writing this post to let them know that I do not promote diet pills on my blog. I am not going to sit here and say that diet pills are bad without my reasons. I had my first and last experience with diet pills when I started college around 2001.

It sounds cliché but, I was bigger than all my friends and even though no one ever said anything about my weight at that particular moment, I felt uncomfortable about the way I looked. I thought that diet pills, and starving myself were the way to go. I lost weight, but I think it was due to starvation and not the diet pills.
I cannot quite remember the name of the brand I used, but the pills were bad. This was the time when our TVs were flooded with all kinds of diet pills commercials. Every time I took them, my heart would start racing from 0 to 100. I would feel dizzy, shake from time to time and constant headaches.
There came a time, when I would intentionally take them at night just to avoid all the above problems. I never bothered to read the label to find out what kind of ingredients I was putting in my body (insert stupid). I don’t even know if the pills I was taking were FDA approved.

Because I could not handle the constant heart palpitations, I stopped. 

That was one of the best decisions I have taken in my life, only God knows where I would be today. None of my friends, or family knew I was doing this, therefore no one could guide or help me. I made sure to hid it from everyone.This is my personal story with diet pills and this post is not to tell you what do, but to prevent you from making the mistakes I’ve made.
  “Loving your body ONLY when it’s in perfect shape, it’s like loving your kids ONLY when they’re well-behaved.”
Taking diet pills might seem like the way (easy) to go, but believe me it’s not. If you read the instructions properly, somewhere in the fine prints you will see that you are advised to use the pills along diet, and exercise. Watching what you eat and exercise is the safest way to get to your goals, for Reals. I am not mad at all these diet pills companies for trying to contact me to promote their products. They know I have a platform and a voice. What I am annoyed about is the fact that they are also targeting teenage girls (I was one of those girls many years ago). We are their targets.They expect bigger girls to be depressed, and crying themselves to sleep every night. They expect us to hate our bodies so much that we would do anything possible, even if it means jeopardizing our health.
If they took the time to read my about me page then, they would have known that I am not about that life. The journey to self love is a long one. In fact I am still on my journey. You can begin now too by loving yourself at whatever weight you are. Believe me things will only get easier from there.
 Ever tried diet pills, what was your experience ? Even if you have not tried it how do you feel about them?  This is a no shame zone and all comments  are welcome.

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  • Style4Curves
    February 13, 2014 at 12:58 am

    I totally agree….I turned them down for the diet pill stuff too and also the waist trainer gimmick people. I wasn't overweight until college but oddly enough I became the most confident after my weight gain. My sister has sustained her weight loss for over 7 years after doing it the healthy way so I know the ONLY way to lose weight and keep it off it to change your eating habits and lifestyle. Even tho I don't eat the best now I do try to make better choices and workout at least 3 times a week. Diet pills are definitely NOT the way to go.

    • ciaa
      February 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      You and me both girl ! Thank you so much for giving me your opinion on this.

  • JoasStylings
    February 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I'm turning 19 next week, and I have finally Accepted to love myself. Its a cliche to say, but I'm done with having hear that I need to change myself.

    • ciaa
      February 14, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      I am glad you did girl ! I wish I was as brave as you when I was 19. The bottom line is we are all beautiful in our own way.

  • Joi Smith
    February 14, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Great post! I tried some that were all natural, which had pretty visible results with everyone that used them. Yet and still, the best approach is truly having a good diet and getting physically active.

    • ciaa
      February 14, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Yes Joi ! Well said.

  • Helen
    March 25, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Hi. Thanks for this article. I also tried a range of diet pills when I was in my 20's. So silly, it was more caffeine and speed than "natural". It always make my mouth dry and made me super anxious. They interfere with prescribed medicines and if you are on the pill it can interfere with that too…